Thanks for the welcome.
It's very noobish for me not to include my specs, I thought I had them on my profile, I did what I yell at my screen for people to do when they post elsewhere but politely ask them for their lappies specs.
I'm running the Inspiron 910 (Atom N270 1.6) with bios rev. A05.
I snagged an updated vid driver and a once proven 'fix' for the rez issue about 2 months ago, but it doesn't work often, and have tried a few different drivers from various locations starting with Dell's new drivers. Boo. Confirmed the proper resolution through the registry as well and all should be the way I want it, but it has a mind of it's own and likes to ignore what it says it will do.